In 2015, ten members of the Washington state legislature — led by State Representative Norma Smith — sponsored a visionary bill creating the joint center for deployment and research in earth-abundant materials or JCDREAM.
“The legislature acknowledges that the people of Washington desire to leave behind a cleaner planet, and to lead the world in the research and innovations to make that possible. Setting aggressive, renewable energy and clean technology standards at home that result in exporting the environmental harms of improper mineral extraction to other nations is not an acceptable strategy. Fortunately, Washington is home to some of the world’s leading researchers who have core competencies in developing material substitutes and extracting rare earth elements for recycling. . . The legislature finds that to reach our energy, environmental, and economic goals, it is important to accelerate the development of next generation clean energy and transportation technologies in Washington.”
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